Minnesota man convicted in La Crosse camera store slaying

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A jury has convicted Jeffery Lepsch, of Dakota, Minn., in the September slaying of La Crosse camera store owner Paul Petras, 56, and his 19-year-old son, A.J., the La Crosse Tribune reports.

A panel of seven men and five women spent four hours mulling the case in which Lepsch was accused of killing the two men and then stealing $17,000 worth of equipment from the now-closed store, the newspaper reports.

“The family is very satisfied ... but it’s hard to be happy,” La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said. “There are a lot of unanswered questions about why and what happened in that store.”

Lepsch was convicted of a Class A felony, so he will receive mandatory life in prison, WKBT in La Crosse reported. A judge will decide whether Lepsch would be eligible for the possibility of parole, the station reports.

Lepsch’s lawyer had called the case against his client a “mirage” and told jurors that prosecutors were asking for “the benefit of the doubt,” the La Crosse newspaper reported.

Lepsch's wife was among those that testified in the case, saying that her husband after the slayings had seemed "the same as he always did."

Next Up

boys volleyball

MSHSL to vote on adding girls wrestling, boys volleyball tournaments

A two-thirds majority vote is needed to pass the proposals.

restaurant-602894_1280

Shakopee restaurant owner charged with 58 tax crimes

The woman, from Savage, is accused of underreporting sales to avoid tax.

gofundme - abdullahi photo

Second suspect, a 17-year-old girl, arrested in Moorhead taxi driver's killing

Abdullahi Abdullahi was found dead in his taxi last week.

Wild

Big playoff implications for the Wild Monday night

Minnesota wraps up the regular season Wednesday-Thursday in St. Louis.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 5.44.29 PM

Brooklyn Center mayor proposes policing reform, including unarmed traffic enforcement

The resolution includes sweeping changes to policing in the wake of Daunte Wright's death.

Computer screens

This UW-Superior degree sets you up for a career in big data

UW-Superior offers online master’s program for transforming big data into better insights.

Pixabay - hiker forest woods warm

Get paid $1,000 (and a new phone) to show off MN's 'great outdoors'

An online company is looking for a 'Chief Adventure Officer" as a promotion.

ella and puff

Contest seeks 12 Minnesota dogs for 2022 Top Dogs calendar

The dogs with the most votes will be featured in the calendar to benefit the Animal Humane Society.

Related

Minnesota man charged in La Crosse photo store killings

Robbery seems to be the motive behind the murder of a LaCrosse photo store owner and his son last month. According to a criminal complaint, 39-year-old Jeffrey P. Lepsch of Dakota, Minn. was charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition to the murders, more than $16,000 in camera equipment was stolen from the display case.